Lawsuit: Nursing Home Hired Strippers To Entertain Seniors

Were they stripped of their dignity?

Here at AOL Jobs, our stories sometimes fall in the middle of an occupational venn diagram, where people with vastly different jobs clash to shocking effect: EMT/Au Bon Pain worker, for instance, or the equally explosive Taco Bell President/Justin Bieber matchup. Well, we've got a new one for you, with a story that brings together the disparate worlds of retirement home employees and male strippers.

A new lawsuit claims a Long Island nursing home hired strippers "for the perverse pleasure and enjoyment of the Defendant's staff." However, a photo shows an elderly woman in a wheelchair, unaccompanied by nurses or other employees, slipping a bill into a man's two-tone briefs.

This woman is Bernice Youngblood, the 85-year-old mother of Frank Youngblood, who discovered this image among her possessions when he visited her at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of West Babylon last year. When he went to a nursing supervisor and demanded an explanation, she allegedly attempted to grab the photo from him.

The younger Youngblood is heading up the lawsuit, which states, "Bernice Youngblood was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs over [her]."

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The nursing home, however, has a different story. As NBC reported, they're claiming the "victims" requested the performance, which was then voted on by an activities committee.

"These are adults who wanted to have this activity, they requested it, they voted on it and the nursing home approved of it," said Howard Fensterman, an attorney representing the facility.

Youngblood, though, isn't having it. "Bernice Youngblood has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working lady, and now she has been defiled," John Ray, the lawyer representing the man's mother, told the New York Post.

According to Ray, Bernice Youngblood suffers from partial dementia, and "lacks the mental and physical capacity" to defend herself. At a press conference she could be seen in a wheelchair alongside her family members, barely audible as she mumbled in general terms that she felt "terrible" and "ashamed."

Only she can know the truth about whether or not she enjoyed herself, or if the experience truly stripped her of her dignity. The hired entertainment, on the other hand, was only stripped of its pants.

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